Doug Hughes Adds to Busy Season with Greenberg's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way for Broadway

News   Doug Hughes Adds to Busy Season with Greenberg's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way for Broadway Doug Hughes may as well be on The Roundabout Theatre company's payroll — he will next direct Richard Greenberg's new comedy, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, for the company on Broadway.
Director Doug Hughes.
Director Doug Hughes.

The New York premiere of the work is scheduled to begin Sept. 9 at the American Airlines Theatre and officially open on Oct. 6 for a limited engagement through Nov. 27.

A Naked Girl on the Appian Way follows the chain reaction of revelations unearthed in a neighborhood when two siblings return to their American home following a year-long excursion in Europe. A successful author and cooking-show host and socially-inept eccentric genius of sorts are at the head of the family in the play.

The work made its world premiere at California's South Coast Repertory Theatre — where the work was first commissioned. The new Broadway staging marks a depature from the Roundabout's usual revival-heavy Broadway programming — in fact, only Heather McDonald's An Almost Holy Picture (with Kevin Bacon's star power) has played at the company's AA Theatre.

Hughes — who was just honored with the Tony Award for his direction of Doubt — staged the Roundabout's current Off-Broadway show, Jon Robin Baitz's The Paris Letter as well as the Laura Pels Theatre's previous tenant, Stephen Belber's McReele. The director of last year's Frozen will also helm the non-profit's Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet starring Gabriel Byrne, starting Nov. 11 at Studio 54.

Greenberg's play include The Violet Hour, Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain, Eastern Standard, The American Plan, Life Under Water and The Author's Voice. Roundabout has produced his Hurrah At Last and The Dazzle Off-Broadway. He also adapted Strindberg's Dance of Death for the recent Broadway staging with Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren and David Straithairn. The cast and design team for Naked Girl will be announced at a later date.

Tickets to Naked Girl at the American Airlines Theatre will be available in August through Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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